Journalist Who Narrowly Escaped Toronto Eaton Centre Shooting Perishes in Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

By Priya Kumar Toronto and North America have experienced one of the most violent summers in recent memory. No soon after Toronto was left reeling from the aftermath of the Eaton Centre shooting in early-June, a string of apparent targeted "hits" and most recently the Danzig Street block party gang war, a far more sinister plot was hatched by a 24-year-old man in Colorado. During the late night, opening day screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last night, James Holmes kicked through the back door of the theater tossing two tear gas canisters down the isles.  He proceeded to shoot a shot into the air and then took aim at the audience, gunning down anyone who tried to escape. Today 71 have been confirmed shot, 12 fatally.   Although these massively senseless tragedies directly affected hundreds, one young lady's story played out like an installment from the "Final Destination" series. Jessica Ghawi was a aspiring journalist from Texas visiting Toronto and the Eaton Centre on June 9th when 13 people were shot. She even witnessed them being wheeled out on stretchers and was seconds from having been caught in the cross-fire itself. "I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime," she blogged. "I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting," she continued.   In a bizarre twist of fate, she decided to attend the midnight screening of "The Dark Night Rises" in Aurora, CO with a friend last night. Right up until the start of the film she Tweeted her excitement for the latest Batman flick. At 2:15AM her brother confirmed Jessica's condition and later her death. Although such a coincidence seems inconceivable, a similar story emerged 10 years ago involving a woman who worked on the 26th floor of the World Trade Center and survived 9/11, only to pass away in a plane crash en route home to the Dominican Republic months later. A similar situation unfolded a month after the infamous Air France disaster from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. A couple who missed the flight met an untimely death in a serious road accident in Austria.      

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